German climate groups plan legal action against car giants

Posted: September 4, 2021 by oldbrew in Accountability, climate, Emissions, Legal
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Climate lawfare is bound to get more popular if it’s seen that courts are willing to believe IPCC theories of how the global climate works. But that smacks of presumption of guilt, with carbon dioxide as the offender, surely?
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German environmental groups on Friday announced a legal offensive against car giants Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW to force them to reduce emissions faster, emboldened by recent court victories in favour of climate protection, reports

Greenpeace Germany and Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) said they have sent a claim letter to the three carmakers asking them to commit to more ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions, including ending production of fossil-fuel cars by 2030.

If they do not respond to the letter in the coming weeks and halt their “illegal behaviour”, the NGOs said they are ready to file lawsuits in court.

“We are holding those companies to account that have been destroying our climate for years,” DUH executive director Sascha Mueller-Kraenner told a press conference.

While all three car companies have announced plans to transition from diesel and petrol cars to more environmentally-friendly electric vehicles, the plaintiffs say their goals are vague and non-binding.

“The companies’ electrification plans are not ambitious enough and too slow. They won’t be enough to avert the climate crisis,” said Greenpeace’s Martin Kaiser.

A fourth company, German oil and gas firm Wintershall Dea, is also being targeted in the legal proceedings for its role in the climate emergency.

The complaints, if they go ahead, would be a first in Germany.

The plaintiffs are basing their case on a landmark verdict by Germany’s constitutional court in April which found that Germany’s plans to curb CO2 emissions were insufficient to meet the targets of the Paris climate agreement and placed an unfair burden on future generations.

In a major win for activists, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government then brought forward its date for carbon neutrality by five years to 2045, and raised its 2030 target for greenhouse gas reductions.

Greenpeace’s Kaiser said the plaintiffs also received “a tailwind” from a court ruling in the Netherlands in May, which ordered oil giant Shell to slash its carbon emissions by 2030.

Full report here.

  1. Saighdear says:

    ….. yes, just what I’ve always wanted to be hearing, ….. … and where’s the wind power today, AGAIN? AWOL for overdue, covid enduced, annual leave? All we need now is that Government & Facilities Management contracts stipulate, not only the use of Euro6 powered vehicles or Electric, but also as we have to produce, our stance of use of Slave Labour and rights of some folk I don’t know and haven’t me in my sphere of operations. ( Why you ask,…well, we’re blind to all this silly woke talk – haardly listen to or watch what’s in the MSM. we use that new type red button an awful lot nowadays)
    AAndas for te Auto makers stopping production? what about the developing world needing vehicles? The Tally men would have done a lot better with silent no emmissions 4wd pick-ups, wouldn’t they? No hot exhaust / engine IR giveaways!. ….
    Now go and ask German or Other RURAL folk what they think of electric nonsense. The great social divide. Maybe Farmers should stop producing food for these idiots – unless of course they want to come out and hitch on a Yoke

  2. Gamecock says:

    So BMW moves to Greer, Mercedes to Vance.

  3. ilma630 says:

    Time to muster an army of sceptic experts in to the courtroom, and finally expose the climate scam for good, as the NGOs’ witnesses will be under oath?

  4. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Any greentards really need to stop exhaling, right now!

  5. JB says:

    “Stupidity cannot be cured with money, education, or legislation. It is the universal capital offense. Execution is automatic without pity.”–Robert Heinlein

    Self-destructive behavior abounds in all facets of human existence. The strategy is to stay out of its path if you want to thrive in peace. Let these Green folks dig their own graves, going back to a primitive existence.

    Witness all the people who lined up for the jab, having no knowledge about what was/is being put into their bodies, yet would not even consider injecting themselves with known carcinogens, addictive substances, or eat synthetic food additives shown to be detrimental to biological prosperity.

    Human Nature. I’ve yet to figure it out for its gullibility.

  6. Linnia says:

    Imagine these beautiful cars one day all electric? That’s coming. Such a shame

  7. oldbrew says:

    Germany’s Greens compared to Stasi after calling on public to inform on tax dodgers

    The German Green Party is facing accusations of behaving like a communist secret police force over plans to encourage people to inform against tax dodgers.

    Less than four weeks before German elections that will choose the successor to Angela Merkel, the Greens have unveiled plans for a website where whistleblowers can give information anonymously against private citizens they believe are evading tax.

  8. Graeme No.3 says:

    Volkswagen has plants in Germany, Slovakia, Russia, Spain, Portugal, the USA, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.
    The German courts only have jurisdiction in Germany, so they could shutdown VW there with unemployment and an election coming?

  9. Graham you forgot the VW plants in China where they produce more cars than from all their plants in Europe. Of course the Chinese have an interest and may take VW over. They now own Volvo, & MG,in addition to some other brands. Question do CCP control the Greens(anti-nuclear, anti-CO2, now prefer trees to windmills, like socialist dictatorships etc)?

  10. Gamecock says:

    VW has a big plant in Chatanooga. 4 in Mexico.

    The effects of legal attacks on car manufacturers – and the governments’ playing along – will be their dispersion elsewhere. The environmentalists (sic) are pushing in a balloon; it will pop out elsewhere.

    Germany is committing economic suicide. But Britain is still the World Leader™.

  11. Graeme No.3 says:

    @cementafriend: Sorry, missed those plants in China.

    Re your query: I don’t think anyone could control the Greens. I’m not sure that they prefer trees, they seem keen (in Germany at least) on destroying forests to allow transmission lines. Much as in Scotland where hundreds of thousand trees have been chopped down to make room for wind turbines, to reduce “carbon” emissions. And the wood? Burnt, releasing “carbon” but that doesn’t count under EU rules.

  12. ilma630 says:

    When will these car mfts grow a backbone, and say “NO”?

  13. oldbrew says:

    The Green Brief: Courtrooms – the new climate battleground
    Sep 8, 2021

    Courtrooms have become a key battleground for tackling climate change. Not only are activists seeing more wins, but even if cases are lost, they garner public attention and media coverage (what journalist can resist a hand-painted banner and squawking megaphone on courthouse steps?)

    This is reflected in the statistics. In 2017, 884 cases were brought in 24 countries. By 1 July 2020, the number had almost doubled to more than 1,550 in 38 countries, plus in EU courts, found a UNEP report published in January.
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    Hard to see what competence courts have in climate matters 😏

  14. Russ Wood says:

    I would have thought that the car-building unions would start some legal counter-attacks on these attempts to emasculate the German auto industry. It SHOULD be obvious that any major move to ‘green’ autos would move jobs to China. Don’t the unions SEE it?

  15. ilma630 says:

    The unions are conflicted, as they want to be ‘green’ (ie woke), but also want jobs. They don’t know which way to turn. As the saying goes, ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it’.